AIDS 2012

AIDS 2012

Join the Faith Engagement at AIDS 2012
Washington DC, July 19-27, 2012

Registration is open for the Interfaith Pre-conference and AIDS 2012.
More information is available at www.faithinactioncoalition.org.

UCAN, the UCC HIV & AIDS Network, is among the national organizers planning several faith events at AIDS 2012, the 19th International AIDS Conference being held in Washington, D.C. July 22-27, 2012, and the Interfaith Preconference July 19-21 at Howard University.  Over 500 faith-based representatives are expected to participate in these events.

The Interfaith Pre-conference, “Taking Action for Health, Dignity, and Justice” will be held 19-21 July at Howard University. Participants will focus on the response to HIV from faith contexts, advocacy, and on the ground responses.

A plenary session on “Dignity” will draw out religious recognition of humankind as made in the image of God or embodied with divine spirit with the importance of the inclusion and leadership of people living with HIV in community responses, including some of the social and legal barriers that prevent such inclusion. A plenary on “Health” will examine opportunities and challenges for the needed further scale-up of anti-retroviral treatment. The final plenary on “Justice” will address attitudes, policies, social inequalities, and practices that continue to make people on the margins of society most vulnerable to HIV.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Bishop Yvette Flunder, United Church of Christ City of Refuge, USA
  • Rev. Dr. Nyambura Njoroge, World Council of Churches, Kenya
  • Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Centre, USA
  • Dr. Rosalee Velloso Ewell, World Evangelical Alliance, Brazil
  • Ms Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service
  • Canon Gideon Byamugisha, Christian Aid Goodwill Ambassador, Uganda
  • Ms Faghmeda Miller, Positive Muslims, South Africa
  • Ms Moono Nyambe, Global Network of People Living with HIV, Zambia
  • Swami Advaidananda, International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS (INERELA+), Réunion Island
  • Dr. Ronald Lalthanmawia, Christian Medical Association of India
  • Rev. MacDonald Sembereka, INERELA+, Malawi           

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is the lead international sponsor of the interfaith pre-conference, working in partnership with The Balm in Gilead as the lead national sponsors. Additional co-sponsors include INERELA+, Religions for Peace, Asian Interfaith Network on AIDS, Catholic Medical Mission Board and the American Jewish World Service.   

The AIDS Quilt and Interfaith Prayer Service
Saturday, July 21 @ 7.00pm
National Cathedral

The NAMES Project Foundation, AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed during AIDS 2012.  The display will be launched with an interfaith service of prayer and healing commemorating the Quilt and those who have died from HIV/AIDS.  Information on the free tickets for the service will be available in June.

National Faith in Action HIV &AIDS Coalition – USA, Workshop and Rally
July 22 @ 2.00pm
Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church

UCAN, the UCC HIV & AIDS Network, is also among the national organizations preparing a workshop and rally on the afternoon of the opening ceremonies for AIDS 2012.  The rally will include a public witness for the important role of faith in the AIDS response and faith’s active presence during the AIDS 2012 conference.

Registration is open for the Interfaith Pre-conference and AIDS 2012.
More information is available at www.faithinactioncoalition.org.

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